Source of a Poetic Line

I'd like a definitive citation for a poem that contains the line "damn

everything but the cirus" (or some very close variation on that).

I've seen a full text, and it's sometimes attributed to ee cummings,

but I can't find it in any of his works.

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  1. Hello spetey,

    This line comes from the play "Him."

    Online posting, "Re:! Circus Quote," by Janice M. Shelnutt (07 Mar 1994)

    STUMPERS-L Archives

    Its occurrence in "Him" is apparently referred to in the title of an

    article about the play:

    "Him [1927]" [under "Other Works on Him"; article by Smeltsor]

    Spring: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society

    It appears that the full text "it means damn everything that is grim,

    dull, motionless, unrisking inward turning" is not by E.E. Cummings,

    but rather by someone named S. Helen Kelley.

    "Book Review – The Botolph Group, Inc." (Vol 26, No. 1 – April 1969)

    [bottom of page]

    Theology Today

    – justaskscott

    Search strategy —

    Searched on Google for various combinations of these terms:

    "everything but the circus"


    "grim dull"




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